Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: English Strong Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Strong Yorkshire Ale"
Riggwelter is now our second best-selling bottled beer and has national listings in many of the major supermarkets.
Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.
This strong, velvety ruby brown beer really is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is deceptively clean drinking, with a wonderfully complex palate of coffee, bananas and liquorice which rewards you with a long, dry Goldings hop finish.
We use a base of Maris Otter malted barley, but add plenty of Pale Chocolate malt to give Riggwelter its rich dark colour, espresso nose and roasted malt flavours. We use a touch of wheat which helps deliver the lovely creamy head and lacing down the glass - just what you would expect from a proper Yorkshire beer!
All our bottled ales are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
What’s in a name?
Riggwelter Ale takes its name from a local Yorkshire Dales farming term which has Old Norse roots; “rygg” meaning back, and “velte” meaning to overturn. A sheep is said to be rigged or “rigwelted”, when it has rolled onto its back and is unable to get back up without assistance. It seemed the perfect name for a strong beer from the Black Sheep Brewery in Yorkshire.

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IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2005
I don’t give a good goddam if it is filtered and pasteurized, it’s incredibly tasty. Pours a deep amber color with a frothy tan head and sticky lace. Full aroma and flavor of caramel, date, banana, and berry. Medium to full bodied and incredibly easy drinking. Top notch stuff.

Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Dark red-brown with craggy tan head. Strong roasted coffee aroma. Hints of chocolate with a malty aspect that softens the bitter quality a bit. More coffee at the end and pronounced slight hop finish. Sturdy and good.

imdownthepub (15528) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2005
Bottled, Pasteurised, 500ml
Chestnut ruby coloured with bubbly head. Toffee and licorice notes with an underlying coffee note in a good thick body. Finishes off with a heavy dry hop. Good for a pasteurised bottle.

ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with beautyful rocky head with good retention. Aroma is roast and hops, with hints of diacetyl. Flavor is dominated by roasted malt with some caramel and licorice, finishing with a long bitter aftertaste. Good carbonation, but a bit thinbodied.

frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
Pours a rich mahogany colour with a thick creamy tan head. Aromas of coffee, caramel, rasins, and some vanilla. The taste was a bit unexpected (in a good way) with notes of caramel, vanilla, coffee and a medium sweetness balanced out with a good hop bitterness. A good beer and I hope to try more.

GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 smokey coffee aromas, maybe a bit of molasses. fairly light mouthfeel bitter finish but the slightest metallic twang at the end which ruins it a bit.

frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Bottle poured a deep red body with a large rocky head. The tan head reduced to a small island which clumped in the middle of the glass, yet laced reasonably. Predominant aromas of wine and rum & dark chocolate. Sour, vinous flavor with a slightly puckering metallic finish. Loved the story of the riggwelted, but this beer didn’t turn me hooves up.

jonas (8281) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2005
Bottle Red brown, off-white creamy head. Fresh fruity nose, english hops. Roasted, slightly smoked, berries. Dry finish, medium to light body

Riggwelter (2) - KNIVSTA, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2005 does not count
A beer which initially can seem a bit odd...with a burnt, sometimes coarse taste. However, together with a good meal, its flavours turn out to be very tasty. A pleasant beer, suitable for meat dishes.

Stew41 (2118) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 16, 2005
Darl chocolate brown with good clarity. Stout like nose, some burnt malty notes with a slightly hard edge. Quite light bodied in the mouth, seems like a true cross between a stout and an ale. Very nice feel although the malt does drop off a little. Just lacks a bit of excitement.

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